Gotham Awards 2011: 'Tree of Life,' 'Beginners' Tie for Best Feature

5:30 PM PST 11/28/2011 by Georg Szalai
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"Tree of Life," left, and "Beginners"

UPDATED: "Beginners" also is named best ensemble, "Like Crazy's" Felicity Jones wins breakthrough actor, and "Pariah's" Dee Rees takes home the breakthrough director award.

21st Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards Winners

Best Feature (tie)
Beginners
(Focus Features)
Mike Mills, director
Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Miranda de Pencier, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, producers

The Tree of Life
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Terrence Malick, director; Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Grant Hill, producers

Best Documentary
Better This World
(Loteria Films, Picturebox, Motto Pictures and Passion Pictures; ITVS in association with American Documentary | POV)
Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, directors; Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega, Mike Nicholson, producers

Best Ensemble Performance
Beginners (Focus Features)
Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, Keegan Boos 

Breakthrough Director
Dee Rees, Pariah (Focus Features)

Breakthrough Actor
Felicity Jones, Like Crazy (Paramount Vantage)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Scenes of a Crime
Blue Hadaegh, Grover Babcock, director-producers

Second Annual Gotham Independent Film Audience Award
Girlfriend
Justin Lerner, director-producer
Jerad Anderson, Kristina Lauren Anderson, Shaun O’Banion, producers

Kimberly Nordyke in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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